Japan's unemployment rate improved slightly to 4.3 percent in June from 4.4 percent in May, the internal affairs ministry said Tuesday.
The official figure was lower than a market forecast for a jobless rate of 4.4 percent, according to Dow Jones Newswires.
The labour ministry said in a separate report that the ratio of jobs available to job seekers stood at 0.82 in June, up from 0.81 in May, meaning there were 82 posts on offer for every 100 job hunters.
The internal affairs ministry also said household spending rose 1.6 percent in June from a year earlier, lower than an average 2.9 percent growth forecast by economists.
Average spending per household came to 269,810 yen ($3,454) in the month.